Georgie Frost is joined by Harrison Kelly from TSB. Today they look at the ongoing strike by Southern Rail workers and the potential for a return to work. With more than a third of people under 35 saying they regret going to university because of their debts they also discuss whether university is worth the cost. Elsewhere they find out what happens to the drinks bottles confiscated by airport security. All this and other stories on the News Review.
Georgie Frost is joined by independent money expert Martyn James. Today they look at the Competition and Markets Authority's calls for a technological revolution from high street banks. Staying with banking there are also fears of a further cut in interest rates which dropped to 0.25% last week. Meanwhile housing chairty Shelter have suggested working families in England are so stretched financially that one in three couldn't afford to pay their rent or mortgage.
Once again, it's time for the This is Money podcast. Every week, in partnership with NS&I, Financial Broadcaster of the Year Georgie Frost and Financial Website of the Year This is Money team up to go through all the finance stories you need to know this week. On the agenda today, of course, The Bank of England cut interest rates as many of us predicted. We're not going to pat ourselves on the back too much for that one, but some prognosticating is definitely in order. How will this affect us in the long run? Cuts to existing savings rates have left savers nervous, and things are not looking good on the property market, as homeowner levels have dropped to their lowest in 30 years. Is this the worst time for a rate cut? We'll also be running through the new deadline for PPI claims, and Simon's round-up of the best and worst of Great British Autos. This is Money is presented by George Frost, in partnership with NS&I.
Sarah and the panel answer questions about how to save money without making an effort, by switching utility and telephone providers, getting the best from online discounts and vouchers and how to keep your food spend down. She's joined by Hilal Kanafani, co-founder of Flipper, Naomi Willis, co-editor and founder of the Skint Dad website and Kevin Pratt of MoneySupermarket.
Can doing up your garden add value to your house? Sarah talks about the growing popularity of gardening with Elspeth Briscoe, founder of My Garden School, Juliet Roberts, editor at Gardens Illustrated and Petra Hoyer Millar, the Oxonian Garden Blogger.
Elspeth Briscoe, Petra Hoyer Millar, Juliet Roberts
Around 1 in 5 parents will forego a meal this summer in order to pay for childcare, according to the Trussell Trust, a charity which runs foodbanks. And 40% of parents are worried about the extra costs of paying for childcare this summer holiday. Sarah talks to Mandy Garner of Working Mums and Anne Danks of the Trussell Trust.
This week, Sarah talks travel money. How do you get the best exchange rate? How do you avoid credit and debit card charges abroad? Do travellers' cheques still exist? What about prepaid currency cards? Sarah answers all these questions with this week's Young Money champion Rachael Healy, Andy Webb from the Money Advice Service and Bob Atkinson from TravelSupermarket.
Retail sales volumes have declined more rapidly in July than at any time in the last four years, according to a survey by the CBI. The British Retail Consortium said jobs were being shed in the months leading up to the referendum. To analyse the findings of the survey, Richard Perks, Retail Analyst at Mintel, joined Nigel Cassidy and Paul Sedgwick.
Amazon is going to start testing its drone delivery service, with the UK government’s help. Its flying robots will revolutionise how deliveries are made, but some experts have raised concerns around privacy and security. Matt Cox spoke to tech consultant and journalist Chris Green, to find out more.
Want to make a little extra cash over the summer? Sarah Pennells and James Connington are joined by Chris Eccles, founder of Employment4Students, Zoe McMillan from The Student Room and Jo Phelps, founder of Novacroft, to discuss how to go about getting a job for the holidays. The panel discuss how getting work experience during the holidays can really boost your employability for the future, and how to make the most of your job.